Having players do their roles on the basketball court can seem like a pretty simple request. Coaches just want players to do what they’re supposed to do.
That’s what’s facing Cornelius Faulkner this week as he prepares his Caverna Lady Colonels for the District 18 Girls Basketball Tournament at Caverna High School.
The Lady Colonels open play Tuesday night against Green County. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
“For us to be successful, Madison Faulkner and Ciara Waggoner have to do what they do. They need to bring in around 40 points a night and they’ve done that pretty consistently all year,” said Faulkner. “They’ve got to bring in 40 and then the other four or five players that see time, they’ve got to bring something to the table. We talk about it every day in practice.
“That doesn’t have to be points, but they’ve got to bring something to the table. We’ve got kids that are capable of having big games, they just have to do it.”
Caverna comes into tournament play with a 14-12 record, while Green County is sporting a 13-9 slate.
The two teams split games during the regular season, winning on their home floors.
“Overall, I thought we could have done better this season. We dropped a district game to Green County we shouldn’t have lost, and I thought we should have played better against LaRue County than we did,” Faulkner explained.
“We lost a game to both of those teams. We’re No. 3 in our district and LaRue County gets the nod, they’re just that talented. But I think on any given night, LaRue County, Green County or us could win the district tournament. I think our district is that close.”
Because each contest with Green County has been close, Faulkner said the key to winning Tuesday is not about changes schemes or philosophy.
It is about doing what you do and doing it well.
“You adjust some things as you approach the district tournament, but you don’t want to change the whole system, things the players have learned all season,” Faulkner relayed. “You kind of already know what the other teams are going to do because you’ve scouted them and you’ve played them twice. You have to approach the tournament with the attitude of win or go home. But on the other hand, the things you didn’t do well against them in previous games is what you want to work on in practice.
“For us, we got killed on the boards in both losses to LaRue County and in the big loss we had to Green County.
“And there is no reason for us to get beat on the boards by Green County. For us to be successful, we’ve got to put 32 minutes together.”
And Faulkner hopes that happens Tuesday night.
“Green County is one of those teams where everybody works hard. They crash the boards, they get the 50-50 balls. They come up with those,” Faulkner explained.
“They’ve got good shooters and a good player inside. I know we’ve got our work cut out for us.”